A sequel to this article from earlier in the week; Star Wars: 7 Dumbest Moments In The Expanded Universe

According to Sturgeon’s Law, 90% of anything is crap. The upside of that is 10% is gold. And in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, that 10% gold is absolutely awesome.

The Star Wars novels may have an overabundance of rank stupidity and strange plots that somehow got published despite being ridiculous, but it also has some truly awesome moments, and some absolutely fantastic stories. There are stories of love and loss, brotherhood and betrayal, courage and sacrifice and the death of dreams (that’s a line from the intro to the novel “Revenge of the Sith.”)

Some of the following are just straight-up cool. Some are interesting concepts that were well explored and brilliantly put together (pick up a Matthew Stover novel if you want more of that). And I can absolutely guarantee that all of them will be better than anything you saw in the prequels.

So, in no particular order, here are the 9 coolest things in the Expanded Universe. And please be warned of varying degrees of spoilers!

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This article was first posted on July 12, 2013